As 2017 began, breweries across the nation made announcements regarding new year-round releases. Colorado brewery Ska Brewing announced a brand-new Citra Pale Ale earlier this year, and now California’s Alpine Beer Company is announcing some new beer of their own.

A trio of new beers will be coming from Alpine Beer Company this year. Willy Wheat Ale and Truck Trail Ale will be available in twelve ounce cans. This is a first “for the brand,” and the two beers will arrive during early summer 2017. The third year round release is the Windows Up IPA and it is available now across the nation.

The next year will be an important one for Alpine Beer Company. Releasing a new year-round beer is a major undertaking for any brewery, let alone, releasing three. Shawn McIlhenney, who is the head brewer at Alpine Beer Company, spoke about the recent news.

“In addition to offering Alpine beer in cans for the first time, I am especially excited for our newest IPA addition, Windows Up, to hit the market. It’s got big hop aromatics and a really bold flavor profile with very little bitterness; this beer is a home run,” McIlhenney said.

Those who visit the brewing’s tasting room in Alpine, CA will be able to try out Alpine’s other beers. Additionally, the brewery is planning to release four new limited-release offerings throughout the year. These will be available only in the Alpine Tasting Room.

If you are wondering what to expect from Windows Up IPA, Alpine Beer Company has some insight. “Windows Up is a single IPA made with Mosaic and Citra hops. It pours a hazy straw color and is topped with bright white beer foam. Piney aromas mingle with fruity notes, while hints of citrus fruit and an overall lingering resinous quality lend a touch of complexity to this dank IPA and is 7% ABV,” Alpine wrote.

Alpine Beer Company’s Windows Up IPA (Courtesy of Alpine Beer Company).

Alpine provided some background on where Truck Trail Ale’s inspiration came from. “Truck Trail is named for the Anderson Truck Trail in Alpine, CA and is a tribute to rural American back roads where locals go for off-roading and other shenanigans. This American Pale Ale features a balanced blend of Cascade and Centennial hops.

“It pours a golden yellow with an eggshell colored beer foam and its bold hop-bitterness is perfectly balanced by a mellow, malty sweetness. Dominant notes of fresh pine needles and zesty citrus rind make this a classic example of the style. Truck Trail will be available in 6-packs of 12oz cans and is 5.5% ABV,” Alpine wrote.

A look at Truck Trail Ale’s can (Courtesy of Alpine Beer Company).

Finally, Alpine provided some insight behind the Willy American Wheat. “An old-school recipe and beloved Alpine classic, Willy is a light, crisp, and refreshing American Wheat Ale featuring a prominent wheat backbone and Amarillo hops. Its pale-hued liquid contrasts beautifully against the bright, white beer foam.

“Hints of clean orange zest and lemon rind are balanced by an approachable wheat character, making this a refreshing and flavorful choice for craft beer lovers and newbies alike. Willy will be available in 6-packs of 12oz cans and is 5% ABV,” Alpine wrote.

A look at the can for Willy American Wheat (Courtesy of Alpine Beer Company).


The four limited release beers will start to show up this coming March. Exponential Hoppiness Double IPA is the first of the releases set to debut this year. Bad Boy Double IPA is the second beer that will follow sometime during the spring. Token, which is a Bourbon barrel version of the Imperial Porter, arrives this fall. The fourth will be a barrel-aged fruited sour and that will debut toward the end of this year. You can visit the brewery’s website to learn more about their beer. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on craft beer.

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